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New vending machine dispenses recycled goods for free

Reported by By ninemsn staff
Friday, January 20, 2012
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A group of friends dismayed by consumer culture have created a unique vending machine that dispenses recycled goods free of charge.

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The Swap-O-Matic, designed by Duke university computer science and visual arts graduate Lina Fenequito, relies on users to donate goods to the machines in exchange for credits.

The credits can then be used to retrieve items donated by other users, there is no money involved.

The move follows a trend of vending machines offering out-of-the-ordinary items. Vending machines that dispense pizza, milk and even gold bars have sprung up in different parts of the world over the past few years.

There is currently only one Swap-O-Matic, located in New York City, and it has been brought to various Manhattan cafes and hipster hangouts.

The Swap-O-Matic creators hope to raise awareness about the unsustainably of consumer culture, pointing out in their website that the US consumes about 30 percent of the world's resources while making up only six percent of the global population.

They hope their idea of combining philanthropy with recycling will take off and lead people to question consumerism.

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